Arts and Entertainment David Blunkett thinks shows that mock politicians should be subject to tougher libel scrutiny

Programmes that mock politicians cross the line from satire to comment, he says

Cult or cure: the AA backlash

Alcoholics Anonymous is under attack. Those who have been through its mill claim it is `authoritarian' and `fascistic', employs brainwashing techniques and is cult-like in its attitude to members. Ursula Kenny talks to the disaffected who have rejected its road to recovery

Overworked teachers call for strikes

MEMBERS of the biggest teachers' union yesterday called for strikes to promote a new national contract to provide a four-day teaching week.

Walk this way to a better business

Shamanism, chanting and meditation are no longer regarded with suspicion - people are using them to improve their personal lives and performance at work, reports Helen Jones.

If you're not past your sell-by date, maybe you're entering the Fourth Age

ALL would live long but none would be old said Benjamin Franklin in 1741. As the 20th Century draws to a close, life expectancy has certainly increased, but no-one likes to think of themselves as old.

DESIGN: AN IDEA WORTH LIVING IN

All-in-one knitted nylon suits might make you smile, but where would you be without the microwave and the remote control? Katherine Sorrell looks at the concept house

Risking life on Everest, Yorks

Charles Arthur on the dangerous hobby of rock-climbing in a Sheffield suburb

The hidden dangers of investing in IT

Do managers understand the risks - financial and otherwise - involved in investing in cutting-edge information technology? A study suggests that they do not. Roger Trapp reports.

Why men kill their children

Louise Jury investigates a particularly heartbreaking form of murder

The dentists who have found out how to conquer fear of the needle

Jacqui Bealing reports on the increasing popularity of treatments ranging from hypnotherapy to acupuncture

Obituary: Professor Kenneth Haley

Kenneth Haley's was a decided, if understated, academic success story which deserves celebration.

A minister in a class of his own

If spin doctors had wanted to design the ideal Labour secretary of state for education, they might have come up with someone very like David Blunkett, a man whose own life shows that his commitment to high standards for all is genuine and heartfelt.

Athletics: Local hero Hough back to being one of the crowd

The unexpected hero of Britain's European conquest in Munich last weekend was another face in the crowd back on home ground last night. Not just another face, however.

Athletics: Hough prepares to hurdle the class barrier

Simon Turnbull meets the young athlete who has leapt on to the grand stage

The woman in me

testimony ; When is a woman not a woman? When she is "outed", as Dr Rachel Padman was last week, as a former man. Transsexuals are still fighting for the same rights as their adopted sex. But harder still are the years before the sex change, writes Mary Rabbett, still a he but desperate to be a she

Timely triumph can trigger boost to British athletics

Mike Rowbottom reports on the valuable stimulus provided by European Cup victory
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Cult competition The Moth goes global

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

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Poldark star Heida Reed

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